Gunman no scout

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In your article (25 June) that covers Andy Murray’s recollections of the day Thomas Hamilton shot 16 primary school 
children and their teacher, before shooting himself, you indicate that Hamilton was a scout leader.

This is not the first time you have indicated this in the context of the massacre, and it is not 

Thomas Hamilton ran a boys’ club, not a scout troop. He applied to become a scout leader and his application was turned down as the commissioners considered he was not a suitable candidate.

This was covered in detail in the public enquiry.

Unfortunately, the local 
police failed to exercise as much care in granting him a gun 

John Kelly

High Street